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2022 - 2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Bulletin 
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Professional Studies

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  • Dr. Susan Willis, Dean

Department Heads

  • Dr. Todd Jackson, Business
  • Dr. Carla Lynch, Health Sciences
  • Mr. Curtis Sparling, Interim, Technology and Justice Studies

Mission Statement and Purposes

The mission of the School of Professional Studies (SPS) to develop students’ skills and knowledge so they can successfully perform in their professional career of choice, and to prepare them to be lifelong learners in a diverse society. This is accomplished in a positive academic climate which is supported by academic and intellectual freedom, and faculty who are dedicated to a quality educational experience.

Curricula for the associate, baccalaureate and graduate degrees are developed by expert faculty who are dedicated to an excellence in teaching, research and university service. The programs in the SPS are dynamic, and foster student achievement of their personal and professional goals reflective of their field of study. Innovative teaching strategies are used across diverse educational platforms to facilitate student learning outcomes.

General Information

The School of Professional Studies at Rogers State University includes the Department of Health Sciences, the Department of Technology and Justice Studies, and the Department of Business. The departments of this School currently offer one master’s degree, nine baccalaureate degrees, five associate degrees, and two certificates.

The Department of Health Sciences offers three Bachelor of Science degrees. Two are BS in Nursing with one designed for a traditional entry into the profession by completing two full years of general education and prerequisite coursework, and then, two full years of nursing science coursework. The second BSN degree is designed specifically for the Registered Nurse. This degree provides an opportunity for any licensed registered nurse educated at the associate degree or diploma level to achieve academic and personal goals and to develop stronger clinical reasoning and analytical skills to advance their careers. The third Bachelor of Science degree is in Allied Health Sciences. This degree offers three options, pre-physical therapy, pre-athletic training, and pre-occupational therapy, and provides the pre-requisite coursework for admission to professional programs in these allied health fields.

The Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration provides students with specific knowledge and skills needed to function in a variety of career opportunities available in law enforcement agencies, government regulatory agencies, correctional facilities or corporate security departments. This degree focuses on oral and written communication and critical thinking skills and gives students a thorough grounding in criminal theory and research methodologies.

The Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration offers three options in Collegiate Officer Program (COP), Cyber Investigation and Law/Justice and the Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice offers two options: Collegiate Officer Program (COP) and Law/Justice. The COP program is designed to certify a student to work as a police officer in Oklahoma. The Law/Justice Option provides an analytical and legal foundation that prepares the student for career mobility within the criminal justice system.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology is designed to blend professional level knowledge and skills in computer programming and networking with business and communications skills. This state-of-the-art degree is focused in the area of software development, computer networking, and game development. The added emphasis on business and communication skills greatly increases students’ success in the workplace.

The Bachelor of Technology in Applied Technology is an applied business management program that emphasizes technology skills in the workplace. This program enables students with varied backgrounds and specialty areas, such as those who have pursued associate degrees in a technical field or associate in applied science degrees, to continue their education to obtain a baccalaureate degree and fully utilize the hours they obtained while pursuing their associate degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration builds on a sound foundation of basic business courses, an upper- division business core, and a choice of seven options to pre- pare students for careers in business. The Accounting option is the choice for students who plan a career in accounting or a related occupation. The Entrepreneurship option prepares students who wish to start their own business. The Human Resources Management option is selected by students planning to work in some area of personnel in either the public or private sector of the economy. Management is the option chosen by students who choose business administration as a major but want a more general study of business processes. The Marketing option prepares students for employment in the broad area of marketing with emphasis on marketing strategy, the marketing mix, and e-marketing.

The business administration program is designed to allow the student to choose a minor outside of the business area or to select elective courses in other areas of interest.

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership makes available to nontraditional adult learners a multidisciplinary undergraduate degree alternative that is flexible, individualized, and relevant to the student’s learning and career needs, while fulfilling traditional university requirements and meeting the student’s specific goals for a college degree. It features a curriculum designed to allow easy transfer of previous college credit. Rogers State University cooperates with eight other regional universities in Oklahoma to offer the baccalaureate degree. Students choosing the BS in Organizational Leadership may select from three options: Business Studies, Liberal Studies, or Social Studies.

The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management is designed to assist students to meet their primary professional and personal goals, including graduating with sufficient competitive skills and knowledge to obtain meaningful employment and facilitate reasonable career advancement in the area of sport management. Through this program, students are educated for careers as administrators and managers in athletic, health, and country clubs, as well as entry-level management positions in college and professional athletic organizations. Additionally, students are prepared for diversity of roles in the areas of sport marketing and promotions, facility management and planning, activity programming, and event management. An internship at the conclusion of students’ academic preparation provides them with on-the-job experience and networking opportunities. In addition to employment, this degree will prepare students for graduate school.

Other degree opportunities offered by the school include associate degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Applied Technology, Criminal Justice, and Computer Science. Within state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, students receive expert instruction by caring instructors. These instructors are especially motivated to provide the student-centered, hands-on learning environment that is proven to maximize student success while minimizing student frustration. Also, students are offered numerous opportunities to participate in student and professional organizations, both inside and outside the school, designed to complement their academic progress.


    Associate in Applied Science

    Students who successfully complete an approved occupational or technical education program are awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree. Students completing one of these degrees at RSU may also pursue a Bachelor of Technology degree at RSU. Students who ultimately want to pursue a baccalaureate at another institution should verify the ability to transfer the A.A.S. with that institution.

    Applied Technology

    Option: Advanced Manufacturing
    Option: Health Sciences
    Option: Information Technology
    Option: Process Technology
    Option: Professional Services
    Option: Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Mission of General Education

    General Education at Rogers State University provides a broad foundation of intellectual skills, knowledge, and perspectives to enable students across the University to achieve professional and personal goals in a dynamic local or global society.

    General Education Outcomes

    1. Think critically and creatively.
    2. Acquire, analyze, and evaluate knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world.
    3. Use written, oral, and visual communication effectively.
    4. Develop an individual perspective on the human experience, and demonstrate an understanding of diverse perspectives and values.
    5. Demonstrate civic knowledge and engagement, ethical reasoning, and skills for lifelong learning.

    General Education Mandate

    All students who enter Rogers State University must enroll in the appropriate composition courses and remain enrolled continuously until the composition sequence or the equivalent is complete. Students must complete their Microcomputer Applications course within their first 24 hours and their general education math course within the first 45 hours. Students should complete all general education courses within their first 60 hours. Students who fail to do so should remain continuously enrolled in the required general education courses until the mandate is met.

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